England call up for Yate athlete

February 27 2018

The start of the year has been busy for athletes from Yate & District Athletic Club with Hannah Hobbs having twice been selected to run for England.

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The start of the year has been busy for athletes from Yate & District Athletic Club with Hannah Hobbs having twice been selected to run for England.

Hannah’s trip to Seville to represent England in the Cross Internacional de Italica proved to be a great success. The Under-20 and under-17 women raced together and the four British women taking part streaked ahead of the nearest Spanish competitor to finish a full minute in front.

Hannah won the under-20 race, finishing in a dead heat with her under-17 compatriot Grace Brock from Cornwall. Grace was given the overall win, but with less than a tenth of a second between them, it could have gone either way. The other two British competitors finished third and fourth, leaving their rivals to contest the minor places. 

Hannah then travelled to Belgium to represent her country in the Easykit Cross Cup where she won her race by a good five seconds from compatriot Francesca Brint of Sale Harriers.

Earlier she had competed alongside her younger sister Ellie in the South West cross-country championships where she took gold in the Senior Girls event with Ellie winning silver in the Inter Girls.

Ellie Leather, a Westbury/Yate athlete, running for Fresno State University in the United States, hs finished in under five minutes for the first time in the indoor mile event. 

Indoor athletics is now an established part of the calendar and several Yate athletes have been competing. At the Welsh Indoor Championships, team mates Jack Moore and David Thomas competed in the under-20 high jump event. Jack took gold with a jump of 1.90m and David took bronze with 1.80m.

The Midlands Indoor Championships brought more Yate success with Yvette Westwood gaining a bronze medal in the senior women’s 60m. In the under-15 boys Luke Ball won silver in long jump and high jump. His long jump of 5.41m was a personal best and his high jump of 1.65m matched his summer performances showing that he has left recent injury worries behind him.

There are no indoor facilities in the southwest, so the regional championships had to travel to Cardiff. Adam Wilson put in a good run in the senior men’s 800m to gain silver with a time of 2:03.54secs. Teammate Lucy Durham also took silver in the under-20 women’s triple jump with a leap of 9.73m.